Author Topic: What have you fettled today?  (Read 1137130 times)

T42

  • Gaulois réfractaire
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13800 on: May 14, 2019, 10:35:50 am »
No practical fettling, but workshop archaeology to rediscover the structure of a lathe bench I built in 30 years ago.  I appear to have used ordinary straight-slotted countersunk wood screws from the late Permian, driven in with either a late-70s B&D or a Stanley pump ratchet screwdriver...
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13801 on: May 14, 2019, 12:57:34 pm »
Looked at a couple of photos of 'bents online, decided to check my chainline on the M5, ten minutes of fettling ensued.  I can't remember if I've tried this set up before, it's potentially more front wheel conflict, but mechanically better.

I also think I might need to take out a bit more chain to prevent too much slack in small ring up front.  Not entirely avoidable in small-small, but then I shouldn't be there should I.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13802 on: May 14, 2019, 01:00:29 pm »
Big:Big is useful and important onna 'bent.  Small:small not so much, unless you've got a 406 rear wheel and want to raise the derailleur cage to prevent it gobbling up grass.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13803 on: May 14, 2019, 02:32:04 pm »
Big:Big is useful and important onna 'bent.  Small:small not so much, unless you've got a 406 rear wheel and want to raise the derailleur cage to prevent it gobbling up grass.

I was just being lazy and not changing up at the front, long wobbly chain line is more forgiving on the M5 than the S40
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13804 on: May 14, 2019, 05:53:19 pm »
I appear to have used ordinary straight-slotted countersunk wood screws from the late Permian
Nah, can't be.  They didn't appear until the early Cretaceous, just after Chixulub and the demise of the dinosaurs.....

T42

  • Gaulois réfractaire
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13805 on: May 15, 2019, 10:46:58 am »
I appear to have used ordinary straight-slotted countersunk wood screws from the late Permian
Nah, can't be.  They didn't appear until the early Cretaceous, just after Chixulub and the demise of the dinosaurs.....

I shall take photos in context, clearly indicating the neighbouring layers (mostly 16mm ply).
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

T42

  • Gaulois réfractaire
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13806 on: May 15, 2019, 10:58:30 am »
Meanwhile, I haz fettled a layer of collodion onto the nicks in my left forefinger due to not holding an electric drill tightly enough.  Drill-bit jammed, drill rotated.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13807 on: May 15, 2019, 02:04:55 pm »
Replacing the bearings in a freehub necessitated a visit to my local friendly bearing shop.  All reassembled now and ready for Wales.

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13808 on: May 15, 2019, 09:22:50 pm »
A black box of electrickery, to replace the rectifier and Zener diode on my 73 Triumph Tiger 750.  It was charging at up to 16.5V, which seems a bit high to me.  Given that just the diode is £50, and the electrickery £33, so I get a new diode and a rectifier for that price, seems sensible as if the voles are too strong they'll eat both electronic ignition unit and the bulbs.

Having then done that and made the wiring all neat and tidy, moved on to investigating the stiff gear change.

Took off the outer cover plate c/w kickstart and gear change mechanism and furtled.  Gearbox oil very emulsified after only a month.  The bike's not been wet so where does the water come from?  Condensation?  Anyway, no shiny metallic bits in the oil so that's good.

The gearchange mechanism has seen better days so cleaned it up and reassembled, then ordered some new parts that should solve the problem.  The poor thing is 46 years old after all.  New oil in the morning, then out for a ride.

Torslanda

  • Professional Gobshite
  • Just a tart for retro kit . . .
    • John's Bikes
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13809 on: May 16, 2019, 05:25:24 pm »
My tame motorcycle mechanic always leaves a big sign on the bike saying 'NO OIL' if he's leaving one on the bench overnight.

I've never asked why . . .  :demon:
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13810 on: May 16, 2019, 07:39:28 pm »
In our house we have a convention of sticking catch-all "NICHT GEFINGERPOKEN!" signs on things that are in a state of non-obvious peril / have exposed live connections / wet paint / curing adhesive / partway through some hours-long computation or testing process that won't respond well to being interrupted / are needed as cyclist-fuel in the morning.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13811 on: May 16, 2019, 08:24:15 pm »
I have soem "confined space, do not enter" signs in Dutch for my office door at home, for when privacy is required
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

T42

  • Gaulois réfractaire
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13812 on: May 17, 2019, 08:26:46 am »
Started my Great Workshop Reorganization, prompted by buying that drill press earlier this week. Feeling tired already.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13813 on: May 17, 2019, 01:08:58 pm »
Bled the front brake on HK's Kinesis after replacing an olive and retaped the bars. Ready for tomorrow's Flatlands 600.

Adjusted the Alfine 11 gears and replaced the wornout Ergon grips/ barends on HK's MTB commuter.

Lubed a couple of chains. Put the roof rack on the car and the audax tandem on the roof rack. Ready for tomorrow's BCM 600.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13814 on: May 17, 2019, 04:41:47 pm »
managed to fettle my Blue Tooth speaker to both play music and act as a talking box for skype with the work laptop, it's previously been adamantly refusing.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13815 on: May 17, 2019, 04:50:09 pm »
Changed the cleats on my cycling shoes. Needed doing struggled in last night and when. I got home had to lean on wall to unclip. Had the sense to draw round the old ones with a marker pen so should be somewhere near the same position

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13816 on: May 19, 2019, 10:16:31 pm »
A bit of getting ready today...
Gave the bike a wipe, oil and a check over. I decided that there’s plenty of stopping left in the brake blocks, but a twist tighter and another spare in my bag was needed.
Then printed a few copies of bits of OS maps rather than lug half a dozen round Scotland (the Sustrans maps showing the roads in between well enough).
Then had a first go at packing. It fits, though space for extra things is limited and the list of things I don’t have is short.

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13817 on: May 20, 2019, 01:13:10 pm »
A weekends worth. Friday it was the (should have been) straightforward replacement of an ailing modem/router. Except I read the wrong part of the settings needed, and only after calling support (third party router innit, can't help you mate  ::-)) did i carefully re-read the printout, and notice I needed to change the VLAN setting. So, sorted, eventually. The came the job of re-connecting all the wifi devices. That went surprisingly well, the Sonos, because I run them on their owm mesh, just needed power cycling. And the Echo Dot was simple enough to reconfigure too.

Then Saturday it was time to tackle the new! shiny! smart! TV. Wow, that was close - must be all of 5mm a side clearance in the alcove (I did measure before buying, honest). Turn on TV, spend oooh, 15 minutes running through the setup and connecting it to the network (for purposes of "casting"). Actually went quite well.

Then there was the hour spent resetting and repairing the powerline adaptors. I think it was finger trouble, pressing for too long and jumping beyond the stage I wanted to be at!


So, time to try the Airbeam "Mirror for Samsung" app. Managed to get the picture mirrored from phone to TV (I like to watch Australian V8 supercars and the only way is from within their "superview" app) but no sound. Email airbeam support, response goes to junk mail  :-\.  "Oh, our app won't work with safari (or Chrome, or Firefox .....) try Puffin or UC. And if you set your phone to silent (I do mainly) you won't get sound".  Finally got it to work with Puffin. And then.....

I chose this TV because it meant I could cast to it directly and not via an Apple TV. I started to read the manual, and discovered that on Monday of last week (after I''d bought the TV) Samsung had started support for Airplay2! Ooooh thought I, that sounds good. Tried it, didn't work. Google. Ah, need to update the phone IOS as well.

That's as far as I got. Will double check TV firmware to make sure it's up to date, and then try again. I suspect it may take a while to shake out the bugs and get it working seamlessly, but in general pleased.

And today I took the plunge and decided to switch broadband from Plusnet to Vodafone..... That's bound to go well. But the Voda offer is 30% cheaper for he same rate, and Plusnet have been slowly going down as far as customer service is concerned (see comments above re setting up modem). 
We are making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13818 on: May 20, 2019, 07:34:42 pm »
A just fettled a new battery into my Mk 1 Exposure Blaze rear light.

It got left for a while, with no charge, and that effectively killed the battery.  It would take no charge whatsoever, and when I took it apart, the cell only registered 0.08V, dropping rapidly under the load of the AVO!

     

You need something like a vice, with the base of the lamp wrapped in firm rubber, to unscrew the two halves of the case, but once you do, remove the battery and carefully remove all the insulation.  Desolder the battery protection circuitry from the tagged cell.

I found a suitable 18500 cell online, here, remember that you need to order the Type A tagged version (which costs another 79p!)

One of the tags on the new cell needed to be shortened a little bit, but then I just soldered the protection board to the cell, with some insulation underneath, then wrapped the entire battery in more insulation, including two layers of heat shrink, put the whole thing back together, and voila a working light. ;D

Given that a Mk 2 light, if you can find one, is £90, and the Mk 3 version appears to be well over £100, an expenditure of slightly over £8 and half an hours work, seems worthwhile.  The new battery is also 2000mAh vs 1500mAh for the old one, so this should also last longer than it ever used too. :thumbsup:

If you try to do this, do remember that Lithium cells have a nasty habit of going bang if shorted out, and I'd be careful about too much heat from the soldering iron or heat gun (for any heat shrink), although part of the point of using tagged cells is to minimise that.
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13819 on: May 21, 2019, 10:15:55 am »
Top fettling there, Tim! :thumbsup:
An ungovernable laughter, a joyous agitation which makes the summer stretching before you seem like an unrolling canvas on which you might draw those first rude pure strokes that are free. (Capote)

T42

  • Gaulois réfractaire
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13820 on: May 21, 2019, 11:21:29 am »
Hooked a load of debris inc. half a brick and an old bird's-nest out of the disused & sawn-off stovepipe in a top back corner of my workshop, then bunged it up with expanding foam and screwed a board over it.

I'll probably go out in a while & find that the expanding foam has pushed the plugs & screws out of the wall. I detest that sort of job; witness the fact that I have been meaning to do it for the last 30 years.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13821 on: May 21, 2019, 05:46:34 pm »
Installed, as a replacement, a new electric shower.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: What have you fettled today?
« Reply #13822 on: May 21, 2019, 05:58:05 pm »
Managed to get a rounded bolt out of my mtb shoes - drilled it with a bit until it was a few mm deep and then jammed an Allen key into the bastard until it purchased and turned.
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